Potentially useful information: The Baumann Campground (a.k.a. Camp  
Branch campground) is currently closed for a goose hunt. I visited  
today and, when met with the closed gates, decided to keep it kosher  
and checked with the Clay County Parks office at Camp Branch Marina  
for permission to walk in. They asked that I stay out since there are  
goose-hunting stations all over the Camp Branch area. However: Hunting  
is only open Monday through Friday of each week. Birders can feel free  
to walk into the area Saturday and Sunday.

Good birding,

Kristi Mayo
Kearney MO (Clay Co.)
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On Dec 2, 2008, at 6:54 PM, Chris Hobbs wrote:

> An adult Northern Shrike was observed last Friday by Mark Robbins at  
> Smithville Lake.  Mark found it in the same spot ,using the same  
> perches, as an immature bird he observed there in March.  He  
> suspects it's the same individual returning to its winter territory.
> Location: Baumann Campground Area – pull into the parking lot where  
> there is an archery/shooting gallery (just before the Marina  
> entrance south of Paradise).  From that parking lot walk toward the  
> large rest room at the top of the hill (they've planted a good patch  
> of native grass on the left hand side as you walk up the hill).   
> There's a pond just below the restroom – walk to the other side of  
> the pond and then take the road to the very tip – the shrike’s  
> 'territory' includes all the area from the restroom to the tip.  If  
> it isn’t windy, it is relatively easy to find, but expect about a  
> half mile of walking.
> Chris Hobbs
> Shawnee, KS
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